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Leonie Barrie

Leonie BarrieBiography

Leonie Barrie joined just-style as managing editor 14 years ago, and during that time has been instrumental in steering the site's editorial content and direction. Under her leadership, just-style has raised its profile internationally, and today boasts a team of contributors around the world who provide a unique blend of up-to-the-minute news, research and analysis on the apparel and footwear industry and its supply chain.

An experienced business journalist with a background in fashion and textiles, Leonie has written extensively about global sourcing and production, technology, emerging markets, as well as retail, brand and marketing strategies. She has also interviewed industry leaders across the globe. As managing editor Leonie has travelled around the world to gain first-hand experience of the industry in various countries, and continues to deliver keynote speeches, chair roundtable and panel sessions at conferences, and write about the international apparel industry and the challenges and opportunities it faces. 

Columns by Leonie Barrie


just-style editor Leonie Barrie shares her thoughts on some of the top stories in the news.

Articles by Leonie Barrie

1,541 factories out of a total of 1646 have been inspected by the Accord for fire, electrical and structural safety97% of Accord member factories lag on remediation 27 July 2016

The Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh has cut ties with another seven ready-made garment suppliers for failing to implement workplace safety measures – and admits that 97% of all factories used by its signatory companies are behind schedule on remediation.

Gildan's gross margin rate improved 70 basis points year-on-year in the quarter to 27.4%Gildan Activewear Q2 profit slips on falling sales 27 July 2016

Falling sales in its printwear and branded apparel businesses contributed to a 4.7% drop in second-quarter profit for Gildan Activewear, with the company also lowering the upper end of its earnings guidance for the year.

Four in ten respondents suggest it will take up to two years before the implications of the Brexit vote are fully understoodBrexit blow to global apparel industry confidence 26 July 2016

It is likely to be at least two years before the global apparel industry fully understands the implications of last month's vote by the UK to sever ties with the European Union (EU), according to a new survey carried out by just-style.

Hyosung sets up Mipan nylon facility in Vietnam 26 July 2016

South Korean yarn giant Hyosung is setting up a new manufacturing facility in Vietnam for its Mipan branded nylon.

Timberland brand revenue was down 7% in the quarterVF Corp cuts guidance as Q2 profit plunges 70% 22 July 2016

US apparel giant VF Corporation, owner of the North Face, Lee and Timberland brands, has lowered its revenue guidance for the year amid a "challenging environment" in the second quarter.

Once fully up-and-running, the Hawassa Industrial Park will create around 60,000 jobsEthiopia opens flagship textile and apparel park 19 July 2016

Ethiopia’s flagship industrial park in Hawassa city, south of the capital Addis Ababa, opened last week, with facilities dedicated solely to the textile and apparel sector.

Trade deals key to UK’s post-Brexit credit profile 19 July 2016

Uncertainty around the future trade deals that the UK will have to negotiate once it formally decides to leave the European Union (EU) are likely to weigh on the country’s medium-term growth prospects, new research suggests.

Size and fit prediction company True Fit raises $25m 19 July 2016

A Boston-based start-up that is building a data platform to try to help online retailers provide better fit and size recommendations has secured $25m in its latest funding round.

Amazon is focused on growing its share of the apparel marketAmazon Prime Day a big win for apparel 18 July 2016

Online retail giant Amazon sold more than 1m pairs of shoes during last week’s Prime Day shopping event – with separate figures suggesting around 12% of all deals were in men’s and women’s fashions.

South Africa cotton textile workers in new wage deal 18 July 2016

Around 5,000 cotton textile workers in 70 companies across South Africa have been awarded an above-inflation wage increase as part of a new two-year deal.

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